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Thomas, John L.

(born: 1902  -  died: 1971) 

Thomas, a trombonist, was born in Louisville, KY, and raised in Chicago, IL. He played and toured with a number of bands, including the bands of Kentucky natives Fess Williams and Zack Whyte. Thomas recorded with Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven, replacing trombonist Kid Ory. He left music for ten years, then returned in 1960 as a member of Franz Jackson's band, the Original Jass Al-Stars. The group played at the Red Arrow Night Club in Stickney, IL. For more see John L. Thomas in the Oxford Music Online Database; and listen to clips from the recording A Night at Red Arrow with John Thomas on trombone.
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NKAA Entry: Williams, Stanley Rudolph "Fess"
NKAA Entry: Whyte, Zack [Zach]
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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